There are plenty of people on both sides of the Android v. iOS war, and now we know where Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak stands, too. You may be surprised to learn that the Woz believes that Android will be the dominant mobile OS when all is said and done, similar to how Windows is the king of the hill in the PC realm. While he said that the iPhone has "very few weak points" and is the leader when it comes to quality, Wozniak believes that Android has "more features" and offers consumers more choice, and that Google's OS will eventually match iOS when it comes to quality and consistency. Woz also revealed that Apple nearly released a phone in 2004 after collaborating with a Japanese electronics company, but that it was eventually axed because Apple "wanted something that could amaze the world." Finally, the subject of Nokia was brought up and, according to Woz, the Finnish company is a "brand from a previous generation."
Many people are probably surprised by the fact that Apple's co-founder believes that Android will win the mobile OS war, but it's nice to see that he isn't biased to his old company. Android has definitely been doing well lately, even closing in on Symbian to claim the title of top mobile platform in the world. From what we've seen of it, Gingerbread looks like another great step forward for Android, and the platform is sure to grow and become even more refined with the release of Honeycomb and the plethora of tablets that are planned. Do you all agree with Woz? How long do you think it'll take for Android to overtake Symbian as the world's top OS, if it ever does?
UPDATE: Turns out that this story isn't all it was cracked up to be. Woz contacted Engadget and explained that he had been misquoted in the original article from De Telegraaf. Wozniak says that he would never say that Android is superior to iOS, and that just about every app that he has "is better on the iPhone." He did say that Android could still end up being the most popular platform according to what he's read, but that that doesn't mean it's better than iOS. "[Android] can get greater marketshare and still be crappy," said Woz.